Bill & Shari Bowie Community Leadership Award
2020 Recipient – Jerry McCullough
“It is my honor to receive the YMCA Bill and Shari Bowie Community Leadership Award.”
We asked Jerry to share his journey in regards to his community advocacy and service. He responded by saying “When I retired from the Arlington Independent School District after 43 years of service as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent, I was searching for what God’s plan for me was in this stage of my life. After much prayer and meditation, I realized that His plan for me was to serve the community both spiritually and physically. When I made the decision, during the summer of 2012, to commit myself to serve God and my community, doors immediately started to open with opportunities to serve others.
As time went by, I realized how inspiring and fulfilling it is to serve others in different ways. Being a retiree at the age of 66, I realized the importance of using my skills and abilities to serve our community both spiritually and physically. My vision for the remaining years of my life is to inspire and encourage men and women to use their skills and abilities to serve others in their retirement years. I work to encourage men and women to serve in their churches but also to serve with the many great nonprofit organizations in our community. Serving others is mentioned numerous times in the Bible but the word “retirement “ is not mentioned anywhere in the Bible. If men and women who are retired or are even still working would devote themselves to serving others, what an enormous impact that would have on the Arlington/Mansfield communities.”
Jerry McCullough helped Mission Arlington develop and coordinate the Mission Arlington Baseball Program, the Mission Arlington Basketball Program, and actively volunteers at their annual Christmas store. He is a volunteer Pastor of Apartment Church in east Arlington Apartment, and attends the National Young Life Camp each summer as an Adult Guest Host. He is the Chairperson of the Salvation Army Advisory Council, the Red Kettle committee, Tarrant County Child Protective Services Board, and the Arlington Young Life Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Salvation Army Family Life Committee, the Arlington Dental Health Board, the River Legacy Foundation Board, the North Texas Higher Education Board, the Trinity Sports Foundation Board, and a Rotarian of the Downtown Rotary Club.
Our past recipients:
Tillie Burgin, Mission Arlington
Mayor Jeff Williams, City of Arlington, Texas
ABOUT THE BILL AND SHARI BOWIE COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD
The Bill and Shari Bowie Community Leadership Award exist to honor Bill and Shari Bowie’s legacy in the Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA and the community. The Bowie Family has made a considerable impact in our community by donating their time, talent and treasure to multiple nonprofit organizations, including the Salvation Army, American Cancer Society, and SafeHaven to name a few. Bill and Shari raised their three children in the Y. Bill served as a basketball coach for over 14 years, as a board member for over 10 years where he served as our board chair in 2004-2005 and today, Shari Bowie serves as an active member of the AMA Y Board of Directors.
The Bill and Shari Bowie Community Leadership Award was created to encourage volunteerism and to recognize, honor and to show our appreciation for our community leaders who have made a considerable impact through their donated time, talent and financial resources.
The criteria for this award are as follows:
• Volunteerism – Volunteerism is central to the founding and legacy of the YMCA. The award recipient’s volunteer activity helps to design and implement solutions and strategies to build sustainable programs and services in our community.
• Social Responsibility – The recipient’s efforts have a positive impact on many lives. Their generous donations have improved or changed important social issues in our community. They are leaders in our community who help to encourage and lead a culture of philanthropy and volunteerism.
• YMCA Advocacy – The recipient of this award is a cause driven leader who is a YMCA Advocate and has shown their willingness to help advance the Y’s mission by being intentional in capturing and communicating the positive impact the Y makes across our areas of focus: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.
YMCA’s Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all